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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. "My Dungeon Shook" refers to ________ , as cited by the author.
(a) A biblical reference.
(b) A poem by a black poet.
(c) A poem by Kipling.
(d) A slave hymn.

2. What is one parallel that is drawn between Christian leaders and leaders of the Nation of Islam?
(a) Hypocrisy.
(b) Great wealth.
(c) Understanding.
(d) Kindness.

3. In the author's mind, being "saved" is a release from _______.
(a) Guilt over being black.
(b) Hedonism.
(c) Sin.
(d) Sexual desires.

4. To whom is the letter addressed in the first section?
(a) The author's father.
(b) The the author's grandchildren.
(c) To all black men.
(d) The author's nephew.

5. There is a visible parallel between Elijah Muhammad and _______.
(a) Balwin's nephew.
(b) Baldwin's father.
(c) Allah.
(d) Jesus Christ.

6. Of what nationality is the book's author?
(a) Native American.
(b) Japanese American.
(c) African American.
(d) Italian American.

7. Which of the following is not a gain on the exploitation conceived by Christian preachers and Elijah Muhammad?
(a) Prestige.
(b) Power.
(c) Knowledge.
(d) Money.

8. The essays in the first section of the book examine _______.
(a) Morals.
(b) The Civil Rights Act of the 1960s.
(c) The "Negro" problem.
(d) Existentialism.

9. The letter in section one begins with _______.
(a) A grand sense of self.
(b) Anger and hateful feelings.
(c) A sense of defeat.
(d) Loving and passionate feelings.

10. What does the author say about Elijah Muhammad's eyes?
(a) They appear hopeful.
(b) They are full of pain.
(c) They are beautiful.
(d) They are full of love.

11. At the end of section one, there still remains the question regarding the ______ of compassion.
(a) Possibility.
(b) Path.
(c) Placement.
(d) Perception.

12. What literary genre best describes this book?
(a) Historical fiction.
(b) Slave narrative.
(c) Narrative.
(d) A biography.

13. What does the author claim male guests at the dinner party do?
(a) Stare mecilessly.
(b) Sit and eat in silence.
(c) Echo Elijah Muhammad's thoughts.
(d) Speak their own thoughts and feelings.

14. According to the author, what are black people determined to do?
(a) Reach a state of total peace.
(b) Eliminate white people from the earth.
(c) Gain power.
(d) Change the way they are perceived.

15. Where is the author's destination at the conclusion of the dinner party?
(a) A card game.
(b) A meeting with white friends.
(c) A church service.
(d) A political meeting.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, guilt over being black is mandated by _________.

2. The letter in section one, is in part a warning concerning _______.

3. Whom does the author describe as his addiction during the novel?

4. What are the two key elements of the letter in section one?

5. The author describes resemblances in himself, his nephew, and others. Which of the following does not fit into that category?

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